A distinctly French evening

After a hearty breakfast, and a run around the football pitch, a group of us headed to the BBC Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall, for an evening of Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Fauré.

The line-up was Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, by Debussy, followed by Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, by Saint-Saëns, and then the Cantique de Jean Racine and Requiem by Fauré.

The only piece I thought I wasn’t familiar with was the Cello Concerto, but when it started up and got going, I realised I knew it. The only niggle I had was that some of the soloists were a little hard to hear, although the Pie Jesu could be heard clearly throughout the auditorium.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening, even with the inclusion of a Roman Catholic Mass for the dead in Latin!

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